The MA in Media and Public Communication combines theory and practice to prepare you for successful careers in strategic communication, public relations, health communication, nonprofit management, media education, research and more. Choose a concentration based on your interests and professional goals:

The Strategic Communication concentration spans the fields of public relations, public affairs, health communication and brand management. Courses emphasize ethical and socially responsible communication in nonprofit and corporate settings. You will gain expertise in campaign planning and evaluation, message design, brand positioning, multicultural communication, research methods, communication theory and media law. You will work with community partners to create strategic communication campaigns and will develop a professional portfolio to help you stand out on the job market.

The Media and Globalization concentration explores how media industries and technologies influence cultural, economic and political processes in contemporary societies. It is designed for students interested in pursuing careers as researchers and educators. You will gain in-depth theoretical knowledge of media, culture and communication. You will also acquire research skills and use them to explore topics of interest to you. The courses in this concentration emphasize critical and conceptual thinking, cultural awareness, and a deep understanding of the role of media and communication in social change in local and global contexts.

Students in the Media and Public Communication program are also eligible to pursue the Public Diplomacy Certificate.

What Sets Us Apart

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    An emphasis on multicultural and global communication and a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion and social justice

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    Internationally recognized professors, dedicated to student success, who bring a wealth of expertise in corporate, nonprofit, health and political communication

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    Small classes that balance theoretical concepts with experiential learning and give you the personal attention and support you need to learn and thrive

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    An outstanding internship program and an extensive professional network of business, nonprofit, and government partners in Colorado and beyond

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    A close-knit community of students, professors and alumni who will support and challenge you to find your voice and follow your passion

Degree Requirements

See the DU Graduate Bulletin for more information on courses and degree requirements. 

Are you ready to launch your career in Media and Public Communication?

Our unique, multifaceted degree plan is ready to propel you on a fulfilling career path.

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Featured Faculty

  • Lynn Clark

    Lynn Schofield-Clark

    Department Chair, Professor, and Director of the Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media 

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  • Renee Botta

    Renee Botta

    Associate Professor

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  • Lauren DeCarvalho

    Lauren DeCarvalho

    Assistant Professor

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